Four Senior Research Associates from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences will spend the next six months working within local organisations, after successful applications to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) innovation internships programme.
At the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas), Clare Ostle and Dr Bastien Queste are working on data collection and collation projects. Clare is collating data from several research communities to analyse recent trends in ocean acidification – including the negative impact of this on the fisheries and shellfish industries. The information she produces will shape reporting by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Bastien is using his experience of marine observation and monitoring, and his specific operational knowledge of UEA’s Seagliders to support Cefas’s own autonomous, data-collection platforms, called Smartbuoys. This expertise will be shared with policy makers both in the UK and further afield.
At Weatherquest, the weather forecasting and analysis company based on the UEA campus, Dr Craig Wallace is developing a tool to produce global climate change data that can be used by companies to identify and manage their risk.
Working at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country – Dr Jeff Price is identifying where the organisation is most vulnerable to climate change, and finding ways of reducing this risk, developing tools and training materials that can be shared with other conservation organisations in the UK and elsewhere.
These internships bring the expertise of UEA researchers to organisations outside the University, making a real difference within the wider community.